The Humanities course is designed to help students develop curiosity about the world around them and enthusiasm for learning. Humanities explores history and geography while investigating a range of topics that provide students with a solid foundation in these two diverse but interrelated areas of study. Students study both modern and ancient history as well as physical and social geography.  It is hoped that that this approach to study will spark a passion for the humanities and will lead students to explore these subject areas throughout their lives. Throughout the course of middle school Humanities students develop skills in the following areas:

Critical Thinking

  • Think critically, constructively and creatively; analyze and evaluate evidence, draw and justify conclusions


  • Information skills including referencing a range of print and multimedia sources and using them to locate relevant information and answer research questions
  • Recording findings including selecting, organising and recording relevant information from a range of sources and findings


  • Communicate knowledge and understanding using geographical/historical vocabulary in both speaking and writing
  • Organize, outline, draft and edit short essays
  • Develop strategies to organize notes and revise large amounts of information


  • Identifying perspectives including ideas and evidence from different perspectives within different sources on a given topic
  • Interpreting data including explaining how graphical or numerical data supports an argument Making connections including explaining causes of a local or global issue and consequences on others
  • Solving problems